Showdowns

Ridley Scott vs. James Cameron: Which Director Rules Sci-Fi Action?

The two influential directors who separately gave us Blade Runner, Gladiator, The Terminator, Alien and Aliens go head-to-head according to Tomatometer, box office, and more!

by | June 3, 2020 | Comments

It’s the first ever director face-off in our Vs. series, and it’s an epic battle between two of the most influential filmmakers of our time – especially when it comes to action and sci-fi cinema. In the one corner you have Sir Ridley Scott, the man who gave us Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and… The Counselor. (Mean, we know.) In the other corner is James Cameron, the man who gave us Aliens, The Terminator, Titanic, and… Piranha II: The Spawning. (Really.) Which director comes out on top when it comes to box office, Tomatometer and Audience Score, influence, and more? Rotten Tomatoes Contributing Editor Mark Ellis is crunching the numbers and making the big calls and, as ever, if you don’t agree with the verdict, let us know in the comments.


Thumbnail images by Everett Collection and ©Fox 2000 courtesy Everett Collection

Tag Cloud

Year in Review robots Writers Guild of America Country Lionsgate game of thrones TV renewals E3 Reality Competition Animation YouTube Sundance TV Tarantino Family Mary Tyler Moore streaming ABC Family 007 PBS PaleyFest Star Trek travel canceled Acorn TV Marathons Awards Tour Endgame E! films Super Bowl award winner Teen video on demand TIFF Tomatazos 2016 Columbia Pictures Reality NBC crime thriller Epix Pixar Nat Geo National Geographic Turner DirecTV docudrama A24 Masterpiece stoner Premiere Dates south america GoT comics sports adaptation TLC SundanceTV elevated horror FOX WarnerMedia foreign Video Games OWN 45 RT History MTV TBS harry potter Cannes zero dark thirty dragons psycho New York Comic Con GLAAD San Diego Comic-Con Winter TV CBS Best and Worst Countdown transformers disaster Brie Larson Rom-Com dark History Classic Film Adult Swim versus batman Disney Channel true crime teaser Trailer HBO justice league ratings Paramount YouTube Premium Film Festival blockbuster anthology movies Schedule Discovery Channel APB Anna Paquin concert Kids & Family Apple TV Plus stand-up comedy Tubi LGBT children's TV HBO Max cinemax Elton John crime tv talk MSNBC breaking bad Horror Mary Poppins Returns 24 frames TV satire BBC 2017 Spike IFC Films Film Comics on TV Dark Horse Comics television police drama romance SDCC criterion Syfy FX Marvel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Hallmark See It Skip It christmas movies Calendar Box Office Music dogs TCA DC Comics critics doctor who Black Mirror green book Amazon Studios documentary free movies Song of Ice and Fire Mudbound slashers VH1 YouTube Red binge child's play NYCC Musicals video Crackle Superheroes Valentine's Day Musical latino A&E Disney 2015 Hulu parents The Walking Dead Chernobyl quibi DC Universe spanish language The Purge Emmy Nominations chucky halloween Toys DC streaming service Mystery indie documentaries reboot movie Lucasfilm Pride Month revenge Photos Sci-Fi Lifetime Christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures YA medical drama cartoon werewolf IFC BET cancelled biography FXX Marvel Television composers comedies TCA Winter 2020 Britbox game show First Look miniseries OneApp Bravo Emmys RT21 natural history Rock Trophy Talk serial killer GIFs PlayStation cars The Witch Amazon Prime Video Rocketman Pirates all-time President Tumblr theme song political drama romantic comedy mockumentary X-Men El Rey dc Rocky SXSW what to watch Fantasy Women's History Month American Society of Cinematographers politics 20th Century Fox First Reviews 2018 a nightmare on elm street Pop Biopics FX on Hulu Winners Christmas Nickelodeon Ghostbusters Sony Pictures Lifetime VICE Heroines Apple TV+ universal monsters Extras war Food Network Amazon Captain marvel Marvel Studios 71st Emmy Awards MCU Superheroe jamie lee curtis news Television Academy Infographic TCM screen actors guild animated Vudu The CW VOD CBS All Access Disney Plus unscripted Warner Bros. casting AMC reviews asian-american Fall TV singing competition Arrowverse CNN CW Seed based on movie adventure Holidays sag awards hist strong female leads Fox News BET Awards name the review Pop TV Sneak Peek Peacock cats Awards technology Turner Classic Movies Quiz toy story hispanic talk show Travel Channel vampires Binge Guide twilight Pet Sematary blaxploitation period drama cults zombie discovery TNT spy thriller Disney+ Disney Plus comiccon Starz Oscars Comic Book Holiday Crunchyroll Summer Apple Mindy Kaling Opinion rotten movies we love Showtime Spectrum Originals richard e. Grant Action Avengers ABC LGBTQ indiana jones Cartoon Network Esquire joker crime drama Star Wars Logo Creative Arts Emmys boxoffice cops cancelled television series spider-man Netflix Christmas movies spinoff Academy Awards space Hallmark Christmas movies cancelled TV shows cooking cancelled TV series Mary poppins screenings Sundance Now crossover Amazon Prime USA Network ESPN TV Land book Sundance Thanksgiving Certified Fresh Netflix Baby Yoda thriller Universal science fiction witnail Comedy Central historical drama mutant ghosts Watching Series Character Guide USA HBO Go Drama 2020 psychological thriller Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt WGN Funimation dramedy Spring TV Polls and Games Grammys Paramount Network Shudder festivals 2019 dceu TruTV 4/20 Ovation independent Red Carpet Podcast franchise CMT kids Interview Hear Us Out TCA 2017 Trivia anime golden globes Shondaland Set visit directors Comedy comic die hard canceled TV shows Freeform BBC One The Arrangement supernatural Western zombies Black History Month sequel Election facebook renewed TV shows Disney streaming service BAFTA scary movies Ellie Kemper ITV nature mission: impossible 21st Century Fox Cosplay Martial Arts Nominations sitcom aliens best BBC America finale Stephen King social media DGA spain diversity